20 years ago, Ash was eliminated from the Kanto League after making it to the Sweet 16. Although he did go on to become the Orange Islands League Champion as well as cleared the Frontier Brain Challengers later on, those were Minor League Competitions. He would make the Elite 8 in the Johto, Hoenn and Unova Leagues, the Final Four of the Sinnoh League and was the runner up for the Kalos League.
Now, he has become Champion of a Major Pokemon League for the first time.
Serebii.net reported last week a new Pokemon series will premeire on September 29. If it has a new protagonist, it’s very likely Ash Ketchum’s story is coming to a close after 20 years. In that case, it makes sense to have Ash get the one thing that has eluded him for 20 years: Winning a major Pokemon League Championship.
I commented on this a few years back but I still think Ash should’ve won the Kalos League Championship. It felt like Ash was cheated out of it because of the Alan, who was introduced early in the series as a Trainer who hunted Mega Evolved Pokemon with his Mega Charizard X. Ash never got access to Mega Evolution in Kalos so he had no real hope of beating him in the Kalos League Finals. Ash gets access to Z-Moves early on in Alola to level the playing field though.
ESPN hilariously pointed out “10 year old Ash” finally won a Championship after 20 years. Storywise, he IS 10 years old despite 7 years passing since the journey began and 20 years real time. I agree with most who’ve said for the last 15 years never aging up Ash along the way was just dumb since most who watched the show had been watching since Day One. Now, it looks like Ash Ketchum’s story will soon come to an end. Me personally, I think now would be a good time to close the book on Ash Ketchum’s story. What a long, strange trip it’s been!
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